The Raging River. Title of Cult of Luna‘s last album, it’s also an ideal description of the intense sensations felt when listening to the tracks: 5 tracks, 38 minutes 33 seconds, a whole sequence of atmospheres projecting us in the depths of the band’s native Sweden. And then the voice of Johannes Persson wakes us up. A mysterious and exhilarating epic. A drowning from which one goes up.
To classify Alcest in a style would mean to put aside many facets of the band. Metal of course, but also rock, then almost pop, with vocal and guitar harmonies as soft as energetic. Protection, released in 3 versions in 2021, is the implacable proof that Neige and Winterhalter know how to find renewal everywhere. Beyond labels, beyond words, their songs resonate and carry us towards something bigger.
Between two harmonies sung by Serena Cherry, Svalbard depicts in its tracks realities that are raw, sometimes poignant, without ever looking away. The single Silent Restraint, released in 2021, bodes well for the future, if we refer to the band’s pace: 4 albums in 5 years, the next one should not be too far away.